In sweeping the team that spent most of the season atop the Eastern Conference, the Bruins thoroughly frustrated the Flyers from the opening faceoff through all four games, ending with Friday night's 5-1 win in Game 4 at TD Garden.
“Look at tonight’s game, it’s 1-1 halfway through the third," Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette said. "The chances are relatively close. I would’ve liked to have generated more, offensively. I think in all the losses, we needed to generate more, we needed to spend more in the offensive zone. Defensively, even tonight, we turned some pucks over in the neutral zone trying to get through their trap and trying to get a sustained forecheck that could generate some offense and we weren’t able to do that, and in the losses, that seems to be one of the key things that factors in.
“The other thing for me, looking back on the series, you have an opportunity in Game 1. You...
Johnny Boychuk's laser slap shot from the right point with 17:18 left in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie as the Bruins beat the Flyers, 5-1, in Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden, completing a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal series and avenging last year's playoff collapse to Philadelphia. Milan Lucic scored his first two playoff goals while Tim Thomas stopped 22-of-23 shots for the Bruins, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992, when they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Flyers came out with much more energy in Game 4 and kept it a fairly even game for the first 12 minutes. But the Bruins captured the lead on their second power play goal in as many periods when Milan Lucic finished off a nice tic-tac-toe play and beat Sergei Bobrovsky in front at 12:02. After going scoreless in their first 30 power play chances of the playoffs, the Lucic goal gave...
A Twins team that came into Friday night averaging the fewest runs per game of any club in the majors erupted for nine runs against the Red Sox and starter Tim Wakefield in a decisive 9-2 victory.
The Twins cuffed Wakefield for eight runs (six earned) on a night when the Sox defense did few favors to the knuckleballer. Wakefield allowed nine hits, but was also victimized when a potentially playable grounder skipper over the glove of Adrian Gonzalez for a two-out, two-run single in the second. Jed Lowrie would later commit a pair of errors, one of which played a part in the second Twins run.
The Sox offense, meanwhile, mustered little offense against Twins starter Scott Baker. Baker crusied through eight innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. The Sox did, however, enjoy the first home run to the opposite field by Adrian Gonzalez at Fenway Park.
The loss was the third straight by the Sox, who are now alone in last place in the AL East...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona was thrown out of Friday's Red Sox-Twins game in the top of the second inning for coming out of the dugout after Tim Wakefield was called for a balk. With runners on first and third and two outs, Wakefield had appeared to secure an inning-ending pickoff when stepping towards third and then throwing to first to catch Denard Span.
However, the play was ruled a "step balk" -- in which Wakefield never stepped towards third before throwing to first -- resulting in Span being awarded second and Ben Revere scoring. Francona jogged out of the dugout and was immediately thrown out of the game by home plate ump Angel Hernandez. (Arguing a balk results in an immediate ejection.) Francona then became more heated while yelling at Hernandez following his second ejection of the year.
While Francona attempted to follow Hernandez on the field, crew chief Joe West (umpiring at third) intervened in an effort to separate the...
Albert Breer of the NFL Network is reporting that as of Friday at 6 p.m., the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis had closed for the week, which means there will be no ruling regarding the stay in the case of the NFL owners and players this week.
It was initially believed that there would be some sort of decision forthcoming this week regarding whether or not the lockout would stay in place until the hearing between the two sides, which is scheduled for the same court on June 3. But no word from the court means that the doors throughout the league will stay locked to the players, at least through the weekend.
The lockout, which has been on again and off again for approximately eight weeks, is the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
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Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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